“Jeopardy!” has enjoyed a long string of guest hosts since the late, legendary host Alex Trebek’s final episode aired in January. Now the show has reached the end of its guest-host list, with sportscaster Joe Buck rounding out its roster of temporary replacements.
So how long will Buck stay on?
According to the official “Jeopardy!” guest host schedule, Buck is hosting for five weekdays, from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13.
‘Jeopardy!’ Is in Talks With Mike Richards
Meanwhile, the search for Trebek’s replacement is reportedly nearing its conclusion. Last week, Variety broke the news that “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards is in talks with Sony Pictures Television to take over as host of the show.
A Sony spokesman told Variety that the company is talking to several possible candidates. However, a source told the news outlet that Richards remains the obvious front-runner.
Since that news broke, it has emerged that Richards was accused in multiple lawsuits of discriminating against individual game show models. In one case, he allegedly treated a model differently after learning she was pregnant. And in another case, he allegedly stopped speaking to a model and engaged in abusive behavior around the time he began an intimate relationship with her colleague.
In a statement to “Jeopardy!” staffers, Richards pointed out that he was not named as a defendant in the complaints, which mention his behavior while he was executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
“I want you all to know that the way in which my comments and actions have been characterized in these complaints does not reflect the reality of whom I am or how we worked together on ‘The Price Is Right,’” Richards said.
Joe Buck Thrilled to Be Guest Hosting
Buck kicked off his guest-hosting stint on Monday, saying he was “absolutely thrilled to be here.”
“This is so exciting,” Buck went on. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking to be on this iconic stage, the same stage Alex Trebek stood on for 37 years. That is humbling, to say the least.”
In a behind-the-scenes interview for “Jeopardy!” after his episodes taped, Buck admitted he had “no point of reference” for hosting episodes of a game show, as compared to a sporting event. But he apparently felt like he hit it out of the park.
“I kind of skipped out of the building, I felt so good,” Buck said. “They threw every curveball they could at me.”
This week, “Jeopardy!” fans will get to judge for themselves how well Buck did. And who knows? If he does well, maybe he’ll pick up some new audience members for his day job as a Fox sportscaster.